"I just wanted to save a life of a little kid that had cancer."
Nearly 50 participants both young and old kicked off the St. Patricks Day season on Saturday by shaving their heads to support cancer research at O'Neills Pub and Restaurant's 7th Annual St. Baldrick's benefit.
"If you have something than give some of it away," said Patricia Hadden.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a national volunteer-driven charity that funds childhood cancer research. Reports show worldwide nearly 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and more children in the U.S. die of childhood caner than any other disease. Every year local barbers and volunteers come together to support the event.
"It's a positive give back, by not just O'Neill's but everybody that hangs out at O'Neil's," said the pub's owner Oliver O'Neill. "As you can see, we have a lot of smiling faces, a lot of happy people. We're just happy to give back to such a wonderful cause."
In the seven years the pub has hosted the event it has raised a total of $350,000 for the foundation. This year it hopes to raise about $50,000.
"St. Baldricks, I've actually done it a couple times," Tim Roach. "And when I heard my nephew Aiden here was doing it and I figured why not!"
"It was on my bucket list so I decided to do it," said Norwalk resident Patricia Hadden. "A lot of people need to be doing this thing in order to make things better for other people."
"We had a couple of more participants and we had a couple of guys who really had big donations," said O'Neill. "One person alone raised $80,000."
For more information on the foundation and how to get involved locally visit stbaldricks.org.